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Switzerland returned $322.5m Abacha loot with interest, says Envoy

Switzerland returned $322.5m Abacha loot with interest, says Envoy

2018-04-24 12:27:21

Switzerland said it has returned all the money kept in the country by late Nigeria’s Head of State Gen. Sani Abacha, with 1.5 million dollars interest. Amb. Pio Wennubst, Assistant Director-General and Head, Global Cooperation Department, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, told the Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in New York. Wennubst said Switzerland returned about 322.5 million dollars (N116.11 billion) to the Federal Government. According to him, the original amount was 321 million dollars. The Federal Government had announced receipt of 322.51 million from the Swiss government as part of the looted funds recovered from… continue reading


S-African Police look on as mob burns Nigerian

S-African Police look on as mob burns Nigerian

2018-04-24 09:42:14

A Nigerian has been burnt alive by a mob, while the Police looked on, in the latest xenophobic attack in South Africa, just as 14 Nigerians, who protested the killing of a fellow citizen in that country’s North West Province in February are still in detention. The incident happened on Sunday. This came as the Federal Government, yesterday,described the development as unfortunate and called on the South African authorities to find a lasting solution to the incessant killing of Nigerians in that country. The Nigerian, Clement Nwaogu, who was burnt alive by a mob, according to the Nigerian Community in… continue reading


PDP urges National Assembly to sanction Buhari over $1b

PDP urges National Assembly to sanction Buhari over $1b

2018-04-24 09:27:28

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday urged the National Assembly to sanction President Muhammadu Buhari for allegedly violating his oath of office by withdrawing and spending $1 billion from the Excess Crude Account (ECA) without the constitutionally required legislative appropriation. According to the opposition party, Buhari’s “unilateral spending of $496 million (N151.374 billion) from the ECA, without recourse to the legislative approval of the National Assembly, is a gross violation of the laws and constitution of Nigeria and a direct affront to our statutory order as a democratic state.” In a statement by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, yesterday, PDP said… continue reading


Siasia joins race for Cameroon job

Siasia joins race for Cameroon job

2018-04-24 09:17:49

Former France coach Raymond Domenech, World Cup winner Lothar Matthaus, John Toshack and ex-Nigeria coach Samson Siasia are among 77 applicants for Cameroon’s vacant managerial post. Siasia has been out of job since he guided Nigeria to a third-place finish in the men’s football event of the Rio 2016 Olympics. It's understood that the Normalisation Committee which runs Cameroon’s Football Federation has received a high volume of applications to succeed Hugo Broos. A Fecafoot official, who does not want to be named, confirmed the list will now be narrowed down to three ahead of the interview stage. The new manager… continue reading


Offa robbery: Bank sacks employees over CCTV footage leakage

Offa robbery: Bank sacks employees over CCTV footage leakage

2018-04-24 09:11:10

The management of one of the commercial banks attacked by robbers in Offa, Kwara State, has reportedly sacked five of its workers for releasing Closed Circuit Television footage of the robbery to the public. A reliable source in the bank said the management viewed the release of the footage without official approval as “gross indiscipline,” which was capable of affecting the security and image of the bank. It had reported that on Thursday, April 5, armed robbers invaded five banks in Offa, Kwara State, killing scores of residents, including policemen, bank workers and passersby. The assailants were said to have… continue reading


Court remands 23-yr-old over attempted suicide

Court remands 23-yr-old over attempted suicide

2018-04-23 13:37:42

AN Osogbo Magistrates‘ Court in Osun on Friday remanded a 23-year-old man, Andrew Peter, in Ilesa Prison over alleged attempted suicide while in police custody. The Magistrate, Mr Olusegun Ayilara, ordered the defendant to be kept in prison due to the magnitude of the offence involved. The Prosecutor, Insp Lamidi Rasaki, had told the court that the defendant, who was arrested and detained for alleged theft of a cell phone, committed the offence in April at Okefia area of Osogbo. He said the defendant was taken to the hospital for treatment but later escaped before he was apprehended and brought… continue reading


BREAKING: Dino Melaye released

BREAKING: Dino Melaye released

2018-04-23 13:22:26

Dino Melaye, the Kogi senator who was arrested in Abuja early Monday, has been released after a stand-off that lasted about two and a half hours, his spokesperson said. “Yes, he had been released almost an hour ago,” Gideon Ayodele confirmed by telephone shortly after 11:00 a.m. Monday. Mr Melaye, who represents Kogi West Senatorial District, was arrested by the Nigerian Immigration Service at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Monday morning. He said he was on his way to Morocco on an official assignment sponsored by the Nigerian government when he was held by security. The arrest, which followed weeks… continue reading


Salah named PFA Player of the Year

Salah named PFA Player of the Year

2018-04-23 13:13:42

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah was named the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year on Sunday night. The 25-year old edged Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne to the award. Salah has been mesmeric, as well as rudely efficient in front of goal for the Reds, he currently has 41 goals in his first season since his £36.9m move from Roma. The Egyptian forward scored in Liverpool’s 2-2 draw against West Brom on Saturday to equal Alan Shearer, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez joint record of 31 goals in a 38 game season. “It’s an honour to be the Player of… continue reading


Under-Age Voters: PDP tells INEC to stop covering APC’s atrocity.

Under-Age Voters: PDP tells INEC to stop covering APC’s atrocity.

2018-04-23 12:50:16

The Peoples Democratic Party has warned the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) to stop covering the alleged atrocities of All Progressives Congress, (APC) by making public its findings on under-age voters in various states, particularly in Kano and Kastina. This was contained in a statement issued via the party’s official tweeter handle on Monday. The party equally alleged that APC is planning on how to rig the forthcoming 2019 general election which INEC knows about but remained silence. Read the statement below: “Under-Age Voters: We charge the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) @inecnigeria to stop covering the atrocities of the… continue reading


‘FG targets seven per cent growth’

‘FG targets seven per cent growth’

2018-04-23 12:40:00

The Federal Government is targeting an ambitious seven per cent economic growth by 2020, against a mere 0.8 per cent achieved in 2017, the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udo Udoma has said. Udoma, who spoke to journalists in Washington D.C. on the sidelines of the Spring meetings of the IMF/World Bank Group, said: “Our target is seven per cent in 2020 and that will make me comfortable; above seven per cent will make me even much more comfortable. And that is why we are working so hard.” He however, admitted that the pace of growth is very… continue reading


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